I have to admit. It became too much for me too - watching the news feeds of the refugee crisis. I turned it off. But still these feeds came at me from facebook, and soon I felt helpless. How could I help?
As a average white female in Australia - this crisis is a world away - what can I do? Share a post - raise awareness, that helped relieve my conscious for a second....
Until someone noticed my sharing and offered me the chance to DO something. Take ACTION they said. Join our team of Naturopaths, Nutritionists, Doctors, Nurses and Physiotherapists in February 2017. As a RN and a Naturopath, I had to say YES... YES!!! To hit the ground in Greece to provide help to the people in need in Greece.
I am preparing myself with the team to deal with malnutrition, trauma, and a vast array of illness and disease.
As a naturopath/RN and as part of a team:
· We will provide first aid and health checks for incoming refugees
· We will be helping to support malnourished pregnant women, and will make sure they have the nutrition they need.
· We will be supporting lactating mothers to breastfeed so they don't have to resort to expensive formulas.
· We will be taking charge of the distribution of herbs and supplements which have been kindly donated by companies and clinics.
· We will implementing basic exercise programs for adults and children
· We will be educating families around the concept of a "healthy plate" and implementing nutritional programs
Please help me to rebuild the lives of these refugees.
Although we will be travelling on the cheap as best we can, these sorts of trips are still costly. There's so much to organise... airfares, accommodation, insurance, transfers and food, to name a few. I'm taking time off from my business for two and a half weeks, which means I'm going to take a financial hit anyway.
This is where YOU come in.
I'm looking for $3500 to make this trip happen. The first instalment I need is $1450 in airfares TO ATHENS, Greece where we will be and it's due on the 30th December. Shortly after that, there will be accommodation, transfers and insurance to pay.
If we go over the expected total... AWESOME! I will use the funds to buy supplies from local Greek businesses and deliver the goods personally into the refugee camps. The Syrian people have very little access to fresh fruit and vegetables, and nutritional deficiencies are rife, so I plan to use any excess cash I have on healthy produce and supplements.
You will receive blow by blow updates on how your donation is spent. I will send group emails to ALL my backers throughout my stay in Athens.
This includes details of where every dollar of your money goes, via blog posts, Facebook posts, and even the odd video or two (assuming local Greek wifi is up to the job!).
The best place to follow my journey is from www.//facebook.com/janethaworthnaturopath
You will also receive a warm, fuzzy feeling, knowing that, at a time of year when us Westerners are busy shopping, partying and consuming... you have helped to bring comfort to someone in desperate need.
If you can't afford to donate right now (that's cool - I've been there too!), no worries - please share this page so that others may contribute.
If you would like to know more about the refugee crisis, here are some links to check out:
Thank you to I Am You for the photos. To see what they are doing to protect human rights and help displaced people in the region, click here:
Thank you for your time, and for your open heart!
Remember - this campaign is going to be based in Athens to aid refugees